On Saturday the 8th June over 2,000 runners took part in the South Downs marathon series based at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. The event included a full marathon, a marathon relay, a half marathon and a 4 mile family fun run all organised by Hampshire based company 2:09 Events.

The first competitors arrived to camp on the Friday night and by Saturday morning at 8.00am 6 coaches were parked outside the visitor centre ready to take the full marathon runners to Slindon College, the official start point for the main event.

A good finish time for the 26 miles, with its total elevation gain of 5728 feet and loss of 5523 feet, was under 4 hours. All race results will be posted on the 2:09  website at www.209events.com

The half-marathon and 4 mile run started and finished at QECP with all races timed to finish over a similar time.

The marathon has been going for several years now and has become a classic in the Trail Runners calendar, helped no doubt by the fantastic South Downs scenery, and by the organisational skills of 2:09.

The half marathon started in 2012 and took off immediately. Although the lower age limit for the marathon is 18 years there is no such barrier for the 4 mile fun run adding to the family appeal of the day.

2:09 Events run other events in the local area as well as in far-flung places such as New York and Tokyo.

For more information about other running or walking events held here at QECP over the Summer go to the Park’s web-site on  www.hants.gov.uk/qecp